Towson has released its schedule for the 2016 men's lacrosse season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Tigers, who went 12-6 last year, won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, and dropped a two-goal decision to top-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
10: Towson's longest streak of games with 10 or more goals scored was two, which the offense accomplished twice. On both occasions, the team split those contests.
9: For the second time in three seasons, the Tigers will host nine games. They will have two stretches of three straight games at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
8: Eight was last year's magic number for the defense. When the unit surrendered eight goals or fewer, Towson won 12 of 14 games.
7: Seven of junior attackman Joe Seider's team-leading 34 goals occurred during extra-man opportunities. The seven man-up tallies put Seider in a five-way tie for 17th-most among Division I players.
6: Towson finished last season with the sixth best total defense and man-down defense in the country. The unit returns redshirt senior goalkeeper Tyler White (7.57 goals-against average and .567 save percentage), a pair of starting defensemen in seniors Mike Lowe (22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers) and Andrew Cordes (20 GB, 4 CT) and a plethora of defensive midfielders.
5: Including the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association crown, the Tigers have captured five conference titles. They lead the league in championships. Delaware ranks second, with three.
4: Of the five major contributors who graduated, four were on offense. Towson must replace its first midfield of Justin Mabus (13 goals and 11 assists), Andrew Hodgson (15 G, 4 A) and Greg Cuccinello (7 G, 4 A) and attackman Max Siskind (21 G, 1 A).
3: Three of the Tigers' six returning starters make up the attack unit. Aside from Seider (34 goals and seven assists), junior Ryan Drenner (17 G, 18 A) and senior Spencer Parks (16 G, 15 A) will be expected to revive an offense that ranked 55th out of 68 Division I teams last spring.
2: Towson will face just two opponents that qualified for last year's NCAA tournament last spring and both games are on the road. The team plays at Johns Hopkins on March 12 and then to Columbus, Ohio, to play Ohio State three days later.